Friday, 30 April 2010

Upcycled Folksy Friday

I attended a climate change training event this week at work, which was very interesting and a tadd worrying, especially the potential impacts. So, my folksy friday this week celebrates some of the folksters who use recycled materials to make some gorgeous items. From top left, clockwise, these folksy sellers are:

1. Midsummer Stitches - upcycled fabric birdie in boots
2. Swirlyarts - Richard Scarry recycled envelopes
3. Dotty Daisies - violet owl
4. Lili draws pictures - upcycled frame purse


For more Fab and funky folksy fridays, click here

Sunday, 25 April 2010

Crochet Cupcakes

I love cakes - who doesn't? The problem now is that with my wheat and gluten intolerance, cakes are off the menu. Thankfully, my daughter bakes the most delicious gluten free fairy cakes, and my breadmaker produces a lovely madeira cake, so I'm not totally deprived of cake.

My love of cake goes back a long way. As a child I would always try to make cakes, scones, or biscuits. My mum had a fab Mrs. Beaton cake book and I would follow the instructions to the letter . Sadly my efforts were in vain. They were never edible. I'm not sure why to this day. They usually ended up in the bin and I would get in trouble for wasting ingredients.

So I would love it when I went to call for my friend and the smell of baking greeted me as her from door opened. Her mum was baking. She made the most delicious lemon curd madeira cakes. I can still remember the smell and taste to this day.

We would hang around patiently until the cakes were cooled and filled and our patience was often rewarded with a big slice. Yummy.

I try to create that same sense of want with my cupcakes. These crochet cupcakes were originally designed for Let's Get Crafting Crochet magazine. They're one of my most popular designs, and I often make them myself for gifts. They are always well received. You can buy the pattern from my etsy shop here, or my folksy shop here. They make a perfect pin cushion, play food or a pretty decoration. A great sugar-free gift for those watching the calories.

Friday, 23 April 2010

Folksy Friday Fairytales

It's Friday again, and it's folksy time. My mini treasury this week is fairytales, a land of make believe where we all like to go, now and again.

From top left, clockwise, these folksy sellers are:

1. Hide n Seek
2. Misha Bride
3. Mary Elliot Jewellery
4. Reeneegurumi


For more fab folksy fridays, click the link here. There are some lovely themes this week.

Sunday, 18 April 2010

Ladybirds

I thought it would be nice to take you through my patterns one by one. I'll start with my ladybird bootees.

I love ladybirds, although I'm not sure why. I love to see them in the garden - perhaps I associate them with summer. I was a child in the 1970s, and loved the long hot summers we seemed to have. The days seemed endless as we just went off out on our own until dusk. Parents weren't concerned in those days - we could ride our bikes for miles, walk anywhere or swim for just a few pence. It was a great sense of freedom we had. I vividly recall a ladybird epidemic in the early 1970s. I must have been around 13 as I remember sitting in the Bank Park, Warrington (behind the town hall) after a swimming session with my friend. The grass was like a moving carpet of black and red and ladybirds crawled all over us. They were everywhere, literally thousands of them. You couldn't walk a few steps without one landing on you. It was quite strange. We genuinely thought that the yellow and black one's were poisonous and if they bit you, you could die.....

My cute little ladybird bootees bring back those memories of hot summers and freedom. The come in a range of sizes, from preemie to 12 months. A perfect knit for a new baby.

I listed my patterns in my new esty shop here and I'm starting to list them in my new folksy shop here.

Friday, 16 April 2010

Folksy Friday

My first folksy friday from my new blog - how exciting. I've finally split my Cakes Knits and Cosies shop into two - one for patterns and one for my little knitted notions.

So my hubby and I have both been stuck to the computer all week, sorting out banners, email addresses, moo cards and new listings. So far I've only sorted my etsy shops. Folksy is next. It's taken a little bit more effort and time than I anticipated, but I hope it's going to be worth it. Sadly, I'll lose all my feedback on etsy which I'm a little worried about. But I want to have a big push on writing up my half finished patterns, and hope to write a book, so I want to have my shop names feeling right. I will be keeping my cakesknitsandcosies blog, and will use it to focus more on gluten free stuff and rosacea, two things I have to manage on a daily basis. This new blog will focus on my craft work.

So my theme this week is computers, I love these picks, especially the laptop covers.

From top left, clockwise, these fab folksy sellers are:

For more Folksy Fridays click here - they feature some great folksy sellers

Tuesday, 13 April 2010

I've done it

Well, after much ado and with a lot of help from my patient hubby, I've finally launched my two new shops on etsy.

I have split my old shop CakesKnitsandCosies in two new shops:

Lynne's Pattern Parlour, for my knitting and crochet patterns
and
Lynne's Knitted Notions, for my handmade gifts

I hope I've done the right thing. I've been wanting to do this for ages, as I don't feel that the name of CakesKnitsandCosies really reflects what I'm doing. I want to have shop names that are clear about what I'm selling.

I need to open my shops in Folksy and MISI still, but I have a headache now, after all the computer work I've done today. So I'll tackle those another day.

I still have my patterns to list in Lynne's Pattern Parlour and I need to get some handmade goodies listed in Lynne's Knitted Notions. But at least all the tricky technical stuff is done now.

I'll be blogging about my (hopeful) success and posting some free patterns too along the way.

Don't forget to follow me, and at some point I hope to create a monthly newsletter that you can sign up to.

Lynne xx